Live: CHARLY BLISS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Tonight at The Sunflower Lounge has a distinctive 90s flavour to the acts on offer. Joining Brooklyn-based headliners Charly Bliss are three Birmingham acts all with their minds variously focused on the Seattle sound, Weezer or the Golden Era of Emo. Local lowercase singer/songwriter the chalet lines is up first. A pleasantly concise set includes such highlights as an attempted but cheerfully abandoned Pinegrove cover, a smattering of jovial banter and a song literally about sleep.…
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Live: BELLEVUE DAYS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Back when I was growing up, pretty every band I listened to were influenced by either Faith No More, The Descendents or Nirvana. Now times have changed, and bands are finding newer bands to crib from. Case in point: Tonight’s bands (Bellevue Days, Patrons and Wood and Nails) have rich vein of Long Island emo-types Brand New running through them.…
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Live: SWMRS – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Tonight Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge showcase a triple-bill of youth-orientated punk rock featuring bright young things SWMRS, Dead! and Brawlers but who will come out on top? If one were to draw a caricature of a pop punk band, Leeds’ BRAWLERS are what you would come up with. Case in point: Singer Harry Johns could pass for a buffer, more British Milo from the Descendents: ‘Day Job”s “Just want to take drugs and be sexy”┬áchorus reeks of the aforementioned┬áband’s self-mocking self-pity, while ‘Growing Up”s sneering arrested development sentiment delightfully recalls ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’, even if Brawlers are way more musically ambitious and muscular.…
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Live: BEACH SLANG – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Nostalgia is big business nowadays. Bands reforming left and right, others playing classic albums in their entirety, intent on selling your youth back to you one overpriced concert at a time. And it’s not just within the medium of music: the hottest TV show of the summer was affectionate 80s Spielberg-rip Stranger Things, and while cinematic remakes are a dime-a-dozen, rarely do they feel genuine.…
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